Asha joined mySociety in 2018, and it’s her job to bring in the funding that the organisation relies on — so day by day, she’s making the case for trusts, foundations, governments and individuals to help fund mySociety’s work, and keeping our donors informed about everything we do with their money.
With a long history in fundraising, Asha’s worked for national and international charities since 2010, with stints at War on Want, the Natural History Museum and Australian Red Cross. Prior to that, she worked for state and federal government in Australia, in urban sustainability and community development, and has a BA in Public Policy and Sustainable Development… so we’ll know where to go when we need some new ideas for our Community practice!
Asha’s now a Londoner, but she says, “I’ve previously lived in Perth, Melbourne, Boston, Johannesburg and Nairobi, so am doing quite well at developing my could she be a spy or does she just have itchy feet credentials”.
And her hobbies are just as impressively diverse as her geographic history: “I volunteer at Duckie’s Posh Club (a cabaret club for swanky senior citizens, serving afternoon tea and dancing) and Spitalfields City Farm (where I help out with the animals – including cleaning up after the donkeys, goats and sheep, and taking the ferrets for walks)”.
Like many of us here at mySociety, Asha supplements a good day’s work on all things democracy-related, with a nice relaxing podcast… on politics.
Asha is fluent in: The language of grant funding (eg, the difference between a goal, outcome, aim, objective, result and indicator) — and she can even put it into Australian slang (“That proposal was a dog’s breakfast, but now she’s right mate“).